The Buffalo Sabres will be without goaltender Aaron Dell for three games.

The NHL announced it suspended Dell three games for his interference penalty during Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The goaltender lowered his shoulder and sent Ottawa's Drake Batherson into the boards with a hard check behind the net.

Video from the league's player safety account explained the punishment was in part because Dell was aware of Batherson's path, initiated the contact and hit him in a way that was not an incidental collision. Batherson, who suffered an ankle injury on the play, also didn't have the puck and was not someone who could legally be body-checked into the boards.